Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley have arrested five previously deported sex offenders and more than 20 dangerous gang members over a one-week period. The arrests were made along the border and 80 miles inland.
Border Patrol agents at Valphorias Station have arrested Manuel Ramirez, a Honduran citizen who is illegally in the United States. During a background investigation, agents discovered a New York court conviction in 2017 for attempted first-degree rape, according to information provided by Rio Grande Valley sector officials. The court sentenced the Honduran citizen to four years in prison. The agents also reported that the man was a member of the highly violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang.
Two days later, Valphorias agents arrested another member of the MS-13 gang. Agents identified the man as a Salvadoran citizen. A Virginia court sentenced a man to five years in prison after finding him guilty of sexually acquainted with a child.
Rio Grande City Station agents, who were patrolling the border on August 2, arrested a Salvadoran citizen and identified him as a member of the Salvadoran Eighteenth Street Gang. Court records in El Salvador revealed a conviction history for attempted murder, possession of firearms and theft, officials said.
The next day, agents from the same station arrested Cesar Campos, a Peruvian citizen who was illegally in the United States. A sentence of 16 months to four years.
Later that day, Rio Grande agents also arrested a Honduran immigrant with a criminal conviction from a New Jersey court for criminal sexual intercourse. The court sentenced the man to 12 months in prison.
During a one-week period, agents in the South Texas border strip arrested 11 members of the 18th Street gang, nine members of MS-13, and one Paisa gang member.
Any immigrant who was previously deported after being convicted of a criminal offense is subject to prosecution in federal court for illegal re-entry after removal. If indicted and convicted, each can serve up to 20 years in federal prison.